By Evan Grice
It’s been a banner year for the Piedmont softball program when it comes to college signings.
This past week, three more Lady Wildcat standouts added their names to the college ranks as senior Courtney Anderson committed her future to Rose State College in Midwest City; junior Michelle Brandon gave a commitment to East Central University, and sophomore Kassidy Scott officially gave a verbal commitment to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
“I’m so excited for the chance to get to play college softball,” Anderson said about playing for the Lady Raiders. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity. All of the girls made me feel so welcome and the nerves just went away. This just lets me know all of my hard work has paid off.”
Anderson also had offers from Paris Junior College and Tyler Junior College in Texas. She finished her junior season with a 1.99 ERA and nine victories on the mound.
In her final season as a Lady Wildcat, Anderson went 2-4 on the mound with a 3.68 ERA to go with a .203 batting average and 14 hits along with one home run. She plans to work with special needs kids with after receiving her college degree.
Michelle Brandon led Piedmont with 11 home runs during the season, finishing with an average of .327, along with a .760 slugging percentage. She also had 43 RBI to go with 44 hits on the season.
“East Central has a great softball program,” Brandon said. “I really liked the coaching staff and the campus. It’s also not far from home, and it has a great nursing program which is something I’m very interested in. I’m planning on working hard and starting as a freshman. This is just an amazing feeling, and I’m so thankful to have been blessed with great coaches and teammates and especially my family for all their support.”
Kassidy Scott led the Lady Wildcats with 57 hits this season, leading to an average of .496. She also collected a .834 slugging percentage on the season with seven home runs. She also pitched 95 2/3 innings, while striking out 99 batters while compiling a 0.95 ERA and an 8-5 record on the mound.
“Making this decision feels like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Scott said. “I got along really well with all the coaches and when I went on campus everything felt right and clicked with me. God definitely played a huge role in my decision. I prayed long and hard about this decision, and I feel like he opened my eyes to an amazing opportunity at Texas Tech.”